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Toyota Corolla

Overall Score
Toyota Corolla 2020 sedan
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The redesigned Corolla has only grown slightly in size, but looks to be a more mature sedan. It uses the same basic platform as the Toyota Corolla Hatchback, but adds in a twist: an available hybrid powertrain. The base engine is the same 139-hp, 1.8-liter four cylinder from the outgoing Corolla, and a 169-hp, 2.0-liter four cylinder will also be available. Two transmissions will be offered: a six-speed manual and a continuously variable transmission. The hybrid is expected to get a 96-hp four cylinder and use the CVT. We liked the sporty handling, excellent fuel economy, and nicer interior in the Corolla Hatchback we tested, and all of those traits are expected to carry over to the new sedan. The Corolla sedan will go on sale in spring 2019.
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The Corolla delivers a comfortable ride and has a quiet, spacious interior for a compact sedan. Handling is lackluster but very secure. A sportier SE version has a tauter suspension with marginally better handling. The continuously variable transmission is fine when loafing around but can elicit loud engine noise under higher revs. Fuel economy is excellent at 32 mpg overall, and the Corolla returns 43 mpg on the highway. Inside, padded and stitched surfaces contrast with a number of drab, hard-plastic bits. Upscale features include standard Bluetooth connectivity, automatic climate control, and a touch-screen radio with simple controls. The rear seat is one of the roomiest in the category. Forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard. A new Corolla hatchback, replacing the iM, features a new 2.0-liter engine with impressive fuel economy and agile handling.
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2014 Redesign Year
Toyota Corolla 2018
The 2014 Corolla grew in size, but continued to return a frugal 32 mpg overall. Interior room rivals some midsized sedans with a roomy rear seat. Ride comfort is commendable and handling is responsive. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) amplifies engine drone when climbing hills or merging, but is unobtrusive in ordinary everyday loafing around. The controls are simple and you get a touchscreen infotainment system, as well as all of the latest in connectivity. Automatic climate control comes standard on LE and above trims; this convenience is unusual in this class. 2017 brought standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, impressive at this price. Overall, a recent vintage Corolla is one of the best used car values.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 N/A N/A
2017 N/A N/A
2016 $13,225 - $15,625 $10,495 - $12,745
2015 $11,800 - $15,475 $9,085 - $12,535
2014 $10,075 - $11,950 $7,420 - $9,170
2009 Redesign Year
Toyota Corolla 2013
Redesigned for 2009, the Corolla grew a bit larger and acquired a significantly quieter and more economical 1.8-liter four-cylinder. Side curtain airbags became standard and provided much better crash protection than older Corolla models. Stability control became standard in 2010. Engines and transmissions operate smoothly, while the car gets a commendable 32 mpg. The ride is relatively comfortable and handling is secure but uninspiring. Although the interior is humdrum, easy to use controls and a relatively roomy cabin give the Corolla an edge over other small sedans. Even the mid-trim LE comes nicely equipped.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2013 $8,700 - $10,025 $6,055 - $7,305
2012 $7,850 - $9,175 $5,225 - $6,475
2011 $7,375 - $8,700 $4,750 - $6,000
2010 $6,600 - $7,550 $4,005 - $4,905
2009 $6,175 - $6,525 $3,585 - $3,935
2003 Redesign Year
Toyota Corolla 2008
Historically, the Corolla has hit the small sedan sweet spot of practical size, good performance, and admirable fuel economy. As long as you're not looking for a fun-to-drive driving experience, the Corolla is a solid choice. It's one of the quietest in its class, but engine drone can sometimes be pronounced. Expect 29 mpg overall. While ride quality is absorbent and unobtrusive, handling is uninspiring -- though secure. The cabin offers good access and a decent rear seat, but the driving position is a bit compromised due to a steering wheel that's too far away. Stability control and side curtain airbags were rare options for the pre-2009 Corolla, so it might be tricky to find one thus equipped. Without curtain airbags, the car scored a Poor in IIHS crash tests. If your budget permits, we recommend a 2009 or later Corolla, as these provide much better crash protection.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2008 $5,350 - $5,875 $2,810 - $3,310
2007 $5,050 - $5,525 $2,535 - $2,985
2006 $4,800 - $5,400 $2,315 - $2,865
2005 $4,600 - $5,000 $2,145 - $2,495
2004 $4,275 - $4,750 $1,860 - $2,260
2003 $4,300 - $4,725 $1,850 - $2,200
Toyota Corolla 2002
The Corolla's handling is safe and predictable--though not particularly nimble--in our tests. The Corolla was redesigned for 1998, and the 1.8-liter engine became standard across the board. Some 1998 models were fitted with a front stabilizer bar that improved the car's sloppy emergency handling; this piece became standard in 1999. The Corolla's front seats are firm and supportive, but the rear is snug.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2002 $3,225 - $3,475 $1,140 - $1,345
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A